Geelani calls for 3-day shutdown

Calls for return of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru’s remains 

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has called for a complete shutdown from Feb 9 to 11, to press for the return of the remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru. 

Talking to a local news agency, Hurriyat (G) said that it will organize a seminar on Feb 12 at Hyderpora Srinagar to pay tributes to Bhat and Guru.

Holding politicians responsible for the execution of Bhat and Guru, Geelani said, “Dr Farooq Abdullah paved the way for the murder of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat by signing his execution order while Omar Abdullah relied on white lies in case of Afzal Guru and vindicated the act of his father.”

“There is no weight in the claim of Omar Abdullah that he was not taken into confidence before Guru was executed while the fact is that New Delhi sought his suggestions. Omar advised them to hang Guru before the Tourist Season gets affected,” Geelani said.

Geelani said the ‘martyrdom of Bhat and Guru’ stands tall and unique in the annals of Kashmir history. “The duo were executed for seeking their rights and freedom from the bondage and the height of tyranny is that their mortal remains were returned to their families,” Geelani said. 

He said the way the bodies of the Bhat and Guru were buried in the premises of Tihar Jail has exposed the hollow democratic setup of India. “Government of India murdered two of our beloved and it has proved that justice is always strangulated in India and there is no permanent institution of Justice prevailing in this country,” he said.

“People of Kashmir still wait for the return of mortal remains of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat. Thirty years before he was executed and on February 9, 2013, Muhammad Afzal Guru was murdered, people protested for months but government did not budge and instead killed innocent protestors who were pressing for the return of his mortal remains,” he said.  

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